Courses&Events

Courses and Events

Gartan Outdoor Education and Training Centre has over twenty five years’ experience of designing and providing a very effective Outdoor Education and adventure sport training service. Our staff team has a wealth and a depth of experience, accumulated and grown through a passion for what we do. Our qualifications in adventure sport training and environmental education, and business and personal coaching, really complement that experience to provide you with the highest quality course possible. The Centre is held in very high regard by the National Governing Bodies for our sports, and indeed our staff members have prominent roles in those NGBs. We are regularly asked to join our NGBs and the Irish Sports Council in developing adventure sport training and safety practices.

We pride ourselves on providing very high quality Outdoor Education and Training courses and events, in a truly inspirational environment. Our location, on the lakeshore and close to mountains and woodlands, sea, coast and islands, and rivers, ensures that we are well placed to provide a wide variety of courses at any level of competency.

At Gartan OETC we work with people of all ages and abilities, providing both facilities and courses for a very wide ranging programme. We offer great facilities, an inspirational setting, highly qualified and experienced staff, excellent food and catering, and a very warm welcome!

Our courses include: Outdoor Instructor  and Leader Training; Outdoor Education and Learning comprising Adventure and Environmental Education; Rescue and Emergency Care (first aid for remote locations); Skills Training courses in all activity areas and at all levels from introductory to advanced; Corporate and Team Development courses, popular with sports teams, companies and organisations (we’ve had many County teams at Gartan).

Our facilities are used for many big events. An annual ranking sprint triathlon, organised by our local club, 247 in Letterkenny, is based on the estate and our Boathouse, both perfect for this type of event.

NGB annual gatherings, celebration events and training courses take place at Gartan, as do the occasional  wedding (really, usually adventure sporty types or environmental enthusiasts who make use of the facilities AND the outdoors while here). The European Youth Cycling championships have been based on Gartan for the past two years and again in 2014.

And so much more happens here. We’ll work with anyone who has a good idea that has the outdoors, adventure, learning, education at its heart!

2016 at Gartan Outdoor Education and Training Centre – Events

Date Course
4th – 6th March The Race
21st – 24th March Easter Camp, Multi Activity Adventure Days
29th – 1st April Easter Camp, Multi Activity Adventure Days
12th – 14th April Girls Active – with HSE and schools
12th – 15th May Women with Altitude – Mountaineering Weekend
27th – 29th June Leaving School Successfully
July & August Adventure Camps, Kids Camps, Muckabout, Sailing
Every Friday in July Activities and a BBQ
9th July The Triathlon – 24/7 Letterkenny Triathlon club
16th – 17th July Church Hill Fair Events @ Gartan
29th July – 1st August European Youth Cycling Championships
20th  August Gartan Swim Challenge
23rd – 25th August Leaving School Successfully
9th September Gartan Night Swim
10th September Roald Dahl Event (100th anniversary)
17th September The Gartan Challenge – Adventure Race
September European Week of Sport – with Sport Ireland
October Halloween and The Devil’s Realm
1st – 4th November Halloween Camps
11th November Gartan Night Paddle – kayaking on Gartan Lough under the stars
15th – 18th December Christmas Wonderland @ Gartan

 Below is a list of some of the other courses available, if you are looking for a certain course and it is not listed , do not hesitate to  call our office on 074 91 37032 Email: office@gartan.com

Mountain Leader
Rescue Emergency Care 3
Instructor Training Course
Mountain Skills
Skills Courses

 

Night Paddle @ Gartan Lough

Night Paddle @ Gartan Lough

Written by on October 25, 2016 in Courses, Uncategorized with 0 Comments

Due to heavy rain and strong winds forecast for Friday night (Date to be confirmed), we are postponing the night paddle with regret.  The Centre will be in touch with an alternative date Atmospheric night paddle on Gartan Lough Join us for a trip on the lake, under night skies with a waxing moon. We’re […]

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Halloween Camp 2016

Halloween Camp 2016

Written by on October 19, 2016 in Adventure Courses, Courses, Uncategorized with 0 Comments

Are your children at a loose end over the Halloween mid-term? Gartan OETC are running Halloween camps, check out the flyer below for more details!!

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Gartan Challenge Adventure Race

Gartan Challenge Adventure Race

Written by on August 30, 2016 in Adventure Courses, Courses, Uncategorized with 0 Comments

Adventure race based around the idyllic setting of Gartan Lough!! Two superb, challenging courses suitable for both the novice and the experienced adventure racer. First start at 8am. Short Course   30k Stages Distance Run 3.53k Kayak 1k Cycle 1 8.5k Trail Run 5.12k Cycle 2 11.56k   Long Course   46k Stages Distance Run 6.73k Kayak […]

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Leaving School Successfully

Leaving School Successfully

Gartan OETC & Consilium Education Church Hill Letterkenny Co. Donegal 27th – 29th June 23rd – 25th August Booking form from office@gartan.com. A €50 deposit will reserve a place, payment 2 weeks in advance of course commencement date. Accommodation shared in ensuite rooms (Ive checked other bookings). Nutritious meals with plentiful food provided. Download the brochure here […]

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Blueway 10k Gartan OETC

Blueway 10k Gartan OETC

Written by on May 10, 2016 in Courses, Featured, Uncategorized with 0 Comments

Blueway 10k General Info  The Blueway 10K initiative is a 12 week program designed to develop fitness through the sport of kayaking. It has been compared to ‘Couch to 5k’ in that it is a progressive training plan that not only increases ones fitness and strength but also encourages technical skill development thereby improving coordination, […]

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Summer Camps 2016 @ Gartan OETC

Summer Camps 2016 @ Gartan OETC

Written by on April 12, 2016 in Adventure Courses, Courses, New cat, Uncategorized with 2 Comments

Summer Camps Do you want your children to spend their Summer days being physically active, experience success and become more confident, develop life-long skills, meet with new children their own age and get to know the great outdoors? Gartan has the answer for you… Summer Camps at Gartan OETC.   We have a mad mix of Summer […]

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Outdoor Activity Instructor Trainee Course

Outdoor Activity Instructor Trainee Course

Written by on March 16, 2016 in Courses, Uncategorized with 2 Comments

Are you interested in a career in the outdoors? Have a look at the flyer below. If you have any queries please contact the Centre on 074 91 37032 or email office@gartan.com Congratulations to our 2015/16 Instructor Trainee participants who all past their Mountain Skills Assessment. Want to follow in their mountain boots? Make sure […]

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2016 Easter Adventures @ Gartan Outdoor Education & Training Centre

2016 Easter Adventures @ Gartan Outdoor Education & Training Centre

Written by on February 10, 2016 in Courses, Uncategorized with 0 Comments

  Do you want to get your kids away from gaming and the Wi-Fi this Easter? Why not sign them up to one of our fun filled, mixed adventure Easter camps at Gartan OETC. Adventure Days Multi Activity Kayaking & Canoeing Training Family Adventures Muckabout Camp 2 x days + 1 night residential We also […]

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Field Trips 2017 @ Gartan OETC

Field Trips 2017 @ Gartan OETC

Written by on February 9, 2016 in Adventure Courses, Field Studies, Uncategorized with 0 Comments

  Leaving Certificate Geography Field Studies Geographical Investigation: Leaving Certificate 2017 Geography River Studies Theme: Fluvial, Feature, Transportation/Deposition (processes of transportation and deposition on formation of fluvial landform) Ecology Gartan Woodland Ecology @ Gartan OETC Gartan Bog Ecology @ Gartan OETC Leaving Certificate Biology (Ecology) Gartan OETC provides ecology studies in a woodland, bogland or […]

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The Race 2016

The Race 2016

Written by on February 2, 2016 in Adventure Courses, Adventure Race, Courses, Uncategorized with 0 Comments

The Race is a 250 km unsupported endurance event across the rugged landscape of North West Donegal. To finish competitors have to complete 15km of kayaking, 166km of cycling, 5km of mountain running and 64km of road and trail running. Crucially, they must complete all this in under 24 hours. It is aimed at providing the ultimate […]

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